WMID-24AB05: Unknown: Spiral finger ring

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FINGER RING

Unique ID: WMID-24AB05

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Description:
A complete cast silver coiled or spiral, probable finger ring, of uncertain dating (100 BC to 800 AD). The probable finger ring consists of a D-section length of silver metal twisted into a spiral. One end of the piece of silver tapers to a point, the other is square ended, probably incomplete. No makers' marks are present on the interior or exterior. Some vertical scratch marks are present on the interior. The probable finger ring is shiny light grey colour, with an even surface patina.

Dimensions:
It has an exterior diameter of 23.78 mm, an interior diameter of 18.53 mm. In total it is 17.98 mm wide. The silver metal is 3.68 mm wide and 1.39 mm thick. It weighs 8.3 g.

Discussion:
Spiral finger rings are a common find during the Late Iron Age to Roman period (100 BC to 410 AD), however they are normally made from copper alloy, with a circular sectioned wire or piece of metal. This example has been made from silver, with a D-sectioned piece of metal.

Dr Jody Joy (British Museum) comments that it could be Iron Age (although I would expect the metal to have a more circular or rectangular cross-section) but this type of finger ring is used through the Bronze Age into the early medieval period. As it's silver that probably rules out the Bronze Age but I am not sure I can rule out the early medieval period.

Notes:

Consequently, in terms of age and as the object contains a minimum of 10% precious metal it qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Regional importance

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Potteries Museum and Art Gallery
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2013T404

Chronology

Broad period: UNKNOWN
Period from: IRON AGE
Period to: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa 100 BC
Date to: Circa AD 410

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Width: 17.98 mm
Thickness: 1.39 mm
Weight: 8.3 g
Diameter: 23.78 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st January 2013 - Thursday 31st January 2013

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Identified by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Secondary identifier: Mr Jody Joy

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2013T404
Museum accession number: STKMG 2014.LH.73

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Staffordshire (County)
District: Lichfield (District)
To be known as: Tamworth

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst metal detecting
Current location: Potteries Museum and Art Gallery
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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